DROP AND ROLL Knock off your aches and strengthen your muscles with this effective tool.
You’re losing out if you’re only using your foam rollers to relief muscle aches (or as a pillow to watch TV). Similar to an old-fashioned rub-down, rolling breaks up fibrous tissue and improves circulation. This preps the muscles for stretching, warming your body up for a workout. Try these rolling exercises for 20-30 seconds to get your muscles firing.
Put the roller under a calf and rest your other foot on the floor. Roll from the ankle to below the knee. Rotate the leg in, then out. Stack your ankles to add pressure.
Lie on your side with the roller near your hip, placing your other foot on the floor. Move along your outer thigh. For added pressure, stack up your legs. Sit on the roller and place one foot on your opposite knee. Lean into one buttock and roll forward and back, using your supporting leg to control the pressure.
Lie on your stomach with one leg extended slightly to the side, knee bent. Place the roller in the groin area of the extended leg and roll the inner thigh.
Iron out those kinks!